How the chapter works/Board approvals

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This page explains the processes used by Wikimedia UK to approve various pieces of text, from the constitution and policies to blog posts and press releases. It is written for the guidance of board members, staff members and supporters of the chapter.

Categories

There are five categories of approval, as follows:

Approval Description Examples
Two thirds majority of members The core constitution Articles of Association
Majority of board members Article 28 Rules Conflict of Interest policy
One board member +72 hours notice text is provided to all board members, with opportunity to object Newsletter.
One board member +24 hours notice text is provided to all board members, with opportunity to object Blog posts / press releases.
Individual(s) with delegated authority Delegated person(s) Member renewal messages; guidelines

Drafting

Depending on the text, drafting may take place either on a wiki page or by email.

The advantage of using a wiki is:

  • easier to edit the text
  • all versions are in the history
  • all edits may be commented
  • the Talk page can be used
  • drafts can be made in public (on this wiki) if appropriate, or in private (on the internal or office wikis)

The advantages of using email are:

  • a single person keeps ownership of the final text
  • board members are prompted to respond
  • board members don't need web access to respond